Both satellite providers have a lot of promotions going all the time; it's a tight race for your dollar. Just a little food for thought when you are selecting one: DirecTV has MANY lawsuits against it for demanding payment and not providing the service. A lot of these are people who get a new installation and either they don't get the channels promised, or the box doesn't work right, or they aren't getting the promotional deal, but if they try to discontinue the service they are hit with a $200 termination fee. This also applies to folks who get a replacement box; they automatically consider that a NEW installation and if you attempt to cancel within a 2 year period they hit you with that fee. The installation that a fried got was totally inadequate, and he didn't even program the remote to the TV! We moved one time, and thought to take advantage of the great deal that DirecTV was offering at the time, including Free Installation (same as Dish). The installer came to The House and said that he would have to mount the dish on a pole, but we would have to provide the pole or buy it from him for $75! I called Dish Network and briefly explained that I was planning to change service, and they quickly offered me the same discounts and sent their installer right away - who installed the pole, dug in the line, and hooked up everything for free, provided everything that we asked for, and stayed to make sure that we understood how to use the system before he left. I'm not saying that Dish Network is perfect, but we have had better reception and customer service from them than DirecTV by a LONG shot.